Why Working 9 to 5 Doesn’t Make the Cut

I don’t have a job.

Well, I don’t have the conventional one of sitting behind a gray scale cubicle or a dark wood counter placing orders and making ends meet. In fact, I have the kind of job that requires me to spend eight hours, if not more,  looking for suitable jobs for employment. And this isn’t just any employment -oh no. I’m talking about the employment that will jet set my career from this moment forth – as a young 20 something individual – to earning a 401k and a nice spot by the lake. That’s right. I’m a job hunter. Fully employed by myself and earning about twenty dollars a week if I ask my mom nicely.

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It’s rather a comically existence. You would think that all this dedication to creating a dependable work ethic, studying for twelve years, and providing myself an amble amount of time to cry of the struggle would land me the job of my dreams right after graduation. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting to get nothing but that’s exactly what I got. Now gathering all those years of academic experience is great; but what do I do with it.

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Likewise, I’ll share some experiences from my partner who works as an IT help desk specialist. He loves his work. Even more so, he spent years prior to this current job creating his own brand and a name that stood out amoungst the competitors. It was a good run and people really looked to him for help. In fact, there are still clients that choose to faithfully stick with him although he may not have the time for it anymore. It was a quick money piling job that created a friendly network, quality service, and a sense of purpose and completion. So why not continue doing what he loves? Well…the pay is good but not sustainable. Bearing that in mind, he took up a desk job that requires 40 hours a week, an aching back, dedication to maybe not having any clients that day, and no vacation time. On top of that, the people who earn the most may not even show up to work – leaving the underlings to scrap up the mess and finish it off for the day.

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The way this society works, people who work minimum wage jobs earn about $7.25 an hour. Some states are increasing minimum wages to $10 or more. However at these rates, minimum wage workers would earn less than $20,000 a year. Companies tend not to look at the security, health, wellness, and necessities that there employees need. What works in a fast paying cycle is whatever is best for the company. If they can push out more product, recycle new employees, and never have to pay for someone who climbs up the ladder, then that company is set.  I challenge you to take a look at the yearly salary of McDonald’s employees, or any other fast food chain, and see the results for yourself. No one can comfortably live under $20,000. Even my family, which consists of three people is slowly floating above that mark and continues to prioritize what they need versus what they want. Sometimes parents are too gracious and never explain to us of their struggle to keep the family together – especially with kids.

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So I’ve covered quite a bit in this post just to say one thing.

Stop.

Don’t forget that you are an amazing spiritual being that deserves more out of life than a 9 to 5. You deserve to walk where the sun shines on your face, to where opportunities and success soars. You deserve to find our happiness through your passion and your dedication. Yes, working in this society is a necessary duty and we all  contribute to it at one point or another. But remember the things that you worked on years ago – remember how it made you feel when you accomplished something above and beyond what the conventional cycle said. You made it. Your family thanks you for it. Stick to your passions and don’t forget them when you’re sitting at a desk or behind the counter. Let those passion fuel you. Use this time to invest in yourself and your community. Watch it thrive on imaginative and innovative creations. Working hard isn’t something to be ashamed of or looked upon dreadingly. Even for someone like me, who thought my worth was equated to the job I was going to get, should use those passions to fuel ideas of where to go and what to do next. You may not like your job – but wait and watch those efforts go into your own practice.

I believe in you.

 

-AC

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